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's get to the news live at 5:po a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. >>> president obama is looking for support outside of washington, d.c. yesterday, at a police academy, not far from the sight of last summer's shooting in colorado, the president focused on background checks saying his goal is not to take firearms away from their owners. >> the opponents of these common sense laws have ginned up fears among responsible gun owners that have nothing to do with what's being proposed or nothing to do with the facts but feeds into a suspicion about government. if there are folks out there right now who are gun owners hearing somebody is taking away your guns, get the facts. we are not proposing a gun registration system. we are proposing background checks for criminals. >> president obama used a similar argument in a plea to gun shop owners. >> if you are selling a gun, wouldn't you want to know who you are selling it to? wouldn't you want to know? wouldn't you want, in your conscience to know the person you are selling to isn't going to commit a crime? >> despite the president's push,
and has been reopened with added police presence. a massive manhunt underway. police looking for two members of a white supremacist prison gang associated with even ebel suspected of killing colorado's prison chief. they say these men could be armed and dangerous. >> president obama visiting colorado to focus on its recent gun control efforts. he is looking to gain support for his own push amid strong opposition. >> every day that we wait to do something about it, even more of our fellow citizens are stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun. the good news is colorado has already chosen to do something about it. >> here's the thing. is he ignoring the real problems facing the country? a new gallup poll shows that the economy remains the top concern for americans. unhappiness with the government second, followed by unemployment and then the federal deficit and debt crisis. gun control, all the way at the bottom of the list. just 4% of those polled say that it is their top concern. >> rutgers university wasting little time firing basketball coach mike rice after the videos of him ab
for president obama once again today as momentum seems to be fading post-newtown. in colorado the president visited a police academy, congratulated lawmakers there for tightening gun rules there in the wake of the aurora movie theater shooting last year. that left 12 dead. in pushing for background checks the president told the audience there doesn't have to be a conflict between the safety of citizens and second amendment rights in this country. >>> there is politics in the news tonight. you may not be up on the special election under way for a congressional seat in south carolina. the two candidates have been decided. former governor mark sanford, the republican famous for running out on his wife for the woman who is now his fiancee. she showed up at his primary victory last night. he is running against stephen colbert's sister. elizabeth colbert bush who prefers the less fancy, less french-infused family name of colbert. it's a conservative district. she's fighting an uphill fight. the special election is may 7. >>> this very network, nbc is in the news tonight after the official word to
, the president making a new push for gun control in a few hours, president obama will head to denver where state lawmakers passed tough new gun laws. the president will speak at the denver police academy, a few miles from the theater where the massacre in aurora happened last summer. >>> surprising moment from former north carolina governor mark sanford. he gave a victory speech with his fiancee by his side this is the same woman he was having an affair with. she almost never appeared in public with sanford. he's won south carolina's primary for a u.s. house seat. sanford will face elizabeth colbert-busch, the sister of stephen colbert. >>> award winning superintendent has left jail after posting bond. beverly hall accused of rewarding teacher who's allegedly changed student test scores in the atlanta public school district. she earned $225,000 in bonuses over three years for the unexplained test score game. the former atlanta superintendent denies wrongdoing. 35 other atlanta educators are indicted. 26 have turned themselves in. >>> the man in prison for the involuntary manslaughter in the case
place on friday. >>> president obama taking his fight for tougher gun laws on the road. he's going to speak at denver police academy, that's later today. and the white house says that the president believes that the country still supports new gun regulations after the shootings in newtown, connecticut. in colorado the president is going to meet with victims of the movie theater shooting in aurora and from the 1999 columbine massacre. next week he's going to take his campaign as well to hartford, connecticut. >>> well, the disgraced former governor of south carolina taking another step on his road to political redemption now. mark sanford won the republican primary runoff election for u.s. house seat yesterday. results showing him beating his opponent 57% to 43%. and now he faces comedian steven c colbert's sister in a minielection. many people thought sanford's political career was over when he admitted to an affair while he was governor. want to bring in our own candy crowley. candy, wow, what a political comeback story, yes? was this expected? >> well, yes. as a matter of fact he
in this block, if you can. >>> just days before the senate begins debate on gun reform president obama is looking for support outside of washington, d.c. yesterday, at a police academy not far from the theater shooting in colorado last year saying his goal is not to take firearms away from its owners. >> the components of some of these common sense laws have ginned up fears among responsible gun owners that have nothing to do with what is being proposed, nothing to do with the facts. but feeds into this suspension about government. if there are any folks who are out there right now who are gun owners, and you've been hearing somebody is taking away your guns -- get the facts. we are not proposing a gun registration system. we are proposing background checks for criminals. >> i thought one of the most fascinating parts when he talked about michelle once saying, if i lived in a rural area and i lived on a farm, i would want a gun in my house and talking about this is not keeping guns away from people. that michelle was talking to the president. the president, of course, by extension unde
on the list of things that barack obama will try and address. it's not just an issue of the public likes it, but certain segments of the public are strongly against it. a lot of police departments, not necessarily in favor of massive legalization. a lot of federal funds they won't get for drug interdiction. i don't think this will change any of obama's policies any time soon. >> let's look at the states where any marijuana use is illegal. 26 states in red, have not legalized medical marijuana, nor have they criminalized marijuana, even in more blue states like illinois, so, anna, can we expect this to ever change or perhaps change soon? >> i don't think it's going to change soon. i can see that one of the states on that map is my state of florida, i can tell you that chances of legalized marijuana getting through the current legislature, and the legislature coming in the next few years is zero to none. we have to watch what happens in colorado and washington. if they are able to regulate it, able to make money off of it particularly, if states see that other states are making money off regu
with federal gun laws facing an uncertain future, president obama ramped up pressure on congress. >> we must do something to protect our communities and our kids. >> surrounded by denver police officers just miled away from the aurora theater where 12 lives were claimed last summer, the president called on congress to do what states already had, pass stiffer gun laws. >> every day that we wait to do something about it, even more of our fellow citizens are stolen from our lives from a bullet from a gun. >> despite the gridlock in washington, 60% believe laws covering gun sales should be more strict, but stiff opposition remains. on wednesday, there was a pro-gun rally in boston, and the nra continues their rally against gun control. >> a lot of times these issues in the states are more in their face, in the face of legislators. the governors are dealing with this every day. >> 87% of americans support expanding background checks, but even that faces a tough road in congress. as for connecticut, the governor is expected to sign the legislation into law later today. the president will visit that s
in front of other jurors. >>> president obama in colorado today making his case once again for congress to take action on gun control. he'll meet with law enforcement and community leaders at the denver police academy, not far from the site of the aurora movie theater massacre. colorado just expanded background checks for gun purchases, and placed restrictions on gun magazines. >>> pope francis paying his respects to the late pope john paul ii. the pontiff made a private visit last night to john paul's tomb to mark the eighth anniversary of his death. the pope spent time kneeling in silent prayer at the tomb. pope francis also prayed at the tombs of pope john xxiii and st. pius x. >>> the next iphone could be on its way. "the wall street journal" says apple will start producing a refreshed iphone sometime this quarter. that could mean a summer release. also a smaller, less expensive iphone could be launched this year. there's demand for cheaper phones. last quarter apple's older iphone models sold very, very well. >>> all right a wild ride in a stolen taxi. a suspect fleeing from police
unveiling an nra report that suggests we should fight guns with more guns. it calls for more armed police officers, security guards, and staffers at every u.s. school. the nra also wants to loosen restrictions so teachers can carry weapons. but president obama is on the road pushing a very, very different approach. jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, later today in colorado, president obama will meet with victims and families of victims from the shootings at columbine and aurora. votes in congress on new gun control measures expected later this month, it's now coming down to a battle between president obama and the nra. in a hard push for new gun control laws, president obama is heading to two states still reeling from mass shootings. up first, denver, colorado, near the scene of the movie theater massacre at aurora, and where the president, one white house official says, wants to put the issue back on the front burner. on monday he goes to hartford, connecticut, about an hour from newtown. >> he believes that that passion, that urgency still exists around the coun
conference for you at the bottom of the hour as it happens on time. >>> president barack obama trying to rally support for his push to tighten the nation's gun laws by hitting the road. the president is set to speak at the denver police academy in about two hours. that's not far from the aurora movie theater where a gunman killed 12 people last summer. colorado lawmakers recently passed tough new gun laws including universal background checks and a limit on gun magazine size. president obama wants more laws nationwide. >>> to jake tapper, our chief washington correspondent and anchor for "the lead", he joins us now. so, jake, take us forward. what do you expect to hear from the president today? >> i think what you'll hear, don, is president obama call for congress in washington, d.c. to do what legislators in colorado have done, which is colorado, the president will say is a frontier state, a state that has a history and respect for gun ownership, but they did take some measures to add restrictions on gun ownership including universal background checks, expanding them and a ban on hig
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